Miranda Lambert picks up highest CMA nominations
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Texas country singer Miranda Lambert picked up four further Country Music Association nominations on Wednesday, bringing her total to nine nominations, the highest ever for a female country artist.
Lambert will compete against her fiance Blake Shelton when the awards are handed out November 10 in Nashville, Tennessee and will be joined by Lady Antebellum, who scored a total of five nominations including for song of the year for their hit "Need You Now."
The remaining five categories for the awards were announced Wednesday on ABC'S "Good Morning America," including the top CMA award of Entertainer of the Year. The 27-year-old Lambert will compete against Lady A, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and the Zac Brown Band for the esteemed prize that was won by Taylor Swift in 2009.
Finalists for the other seven categories were announced Tuesday for country music's biggest night of the year that will again be hosted by Carrie Underwood and Paisley.
Lambert has been nominated in categories including female vocalist of the year, album of the year and single of the year for her songs "White Liar" and "The House That Built Me," capping off a successful year after the release of her third album, "Revolution," at the end of 2009.
Lambert's Oklahoma-born fiance Blake Shelton, 34, earned four nominations, including for male vocalist of the year and song of the year for "Hillbilly Bone." The Zac Brown Band is up for vocal group of the year among their four nominations.
Paisley, 37, will compete for three awards, including a category he has previously won, male vocalist of the year.
(Reporting by Vernell Hackett and Christine Kearney, editing by Patricia Reaney)
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